Mum’s horrific injuries after being beaten with crutch so hard it split in two06/13/2019
A brave mum has gone public after a disabled thug broke a metal crutch over her head leaving her with a fractured cheekbone.
Lauren Stockman was bludgeoned repeatedly over the head with the metal crutch when she got caught up in a petty pub row.
Her attacker James Smith, 59, has narrowly avoided jail after being convicted of the assault at the Fernhurst pub in Blackburn in November last year.
The mum-of-two posted harrowing pictures of her facial injuries and said: 'Why in God’s name would anyone think this is okay?''
Miss Stockman, in her 30s, was taken to hospital with a suspected fractured eye socket and was later treated for a broken cheekbone.
In a Facebook post after last November's attack she said: ''Not pretty but hey! This could have been a lot worse. Why in God’s name would anyone think this is okay.
''Some guy hit me with a crutch and broke my eye socket, got muscle damage in my neck and blurred vision in my eye. Just annoyed I can’t go Christmas shopping with out looking like a freak.''
She added: "Can anyone recommend a really good foundation that actually covers bruising and works, because I really can’t face other humans looking like this – I was considering a crash helmet.''
Smith fled the scene but was arrested after a CCTV picture of him wielding the stick at Miss Stockman in the Fernhurst pub in Blackburn, Lancs, was circulated on social media.
The broken metal crutch was later found dumped outside the bar.
He later claimed his drink may have been spiked.
Details emerged at Preston Crown Court where Smith of Blackburn, pleaded guilty to assaulting Miss Stockman causing her actual bodily harm and assaulting her boyfriend Andrew Smith.
He was given eight months jail suspended for a year and will be electronically tagged under the terms of a 9pm to 6am curfew.
He was also barred from the pub. Friends of Miss Stockman later took to social media to brand the sentence a ''joke.''
The incident occurred at 8.25pm on November 23 last year after Lauren and her boyfriend were sat at the bar of the pub ordering drinks.
Prosecutor Miss Hanifa Patel said: ''Whilst they were drinking and chatting, another group entered at 8:30pm – they walked up to the bar and Miss Stockman's partner looked at one member of the group and a female member of the group said 'what are you looking at?'
"What took place was a verbal altercation between the two women and her partner. Miss Stockman did tell the woman to be quiet and leave them alone but the group said: 'Shut up or I'll twat you'.
"She then felt something knock on the side of her head and her hair. She put her hand up immediately to her face and noticed there was blood, her partner saw the defendant who had raised his walking stick and he struck his partner and then him.
''Miss Stockman's partner put his hand out so the stick hit his arm. The defendant did this three times and on the third time the stick broke in two and part of it fell to the floor.
"The blow was so hard that is what caused it to break in two – but the cause of his actions is unknown.
"Mr Smith went out and followed the defendant and kept him under observation, the police were called straight away, a taxi arrived to pick him up.
"The details were given to the police and eventually led the defendant to be identified and arrested they retrieved the broken walking stick outside the pub he was arrested after an appeal on social media to identify him.
"Miss Stockman's eye was extremely swollen, doctors were concerned she might have sustained a fracture to her eye socket because of blurred vision, she suffered a broken cheek bone. The defendant is 59 years old his last conviction was in 1986 for GBH."
In a statement Andrew Smith said: “We were both sat on our bar stools the whole time and did not show any aggression,”
In mitigation defence lawyer Neil Howard said: ''There was some verbal altercation between Mr Smith and the females but none between him and Mr James Smith.
"The police have asked and the probation have asked and after a great deal of reflection and soul searching he is at a complete loss as to why he responded so aggressively.
"He says that he wasn't particularly intoxicated, possibly his drink was spiked – but there is no proof of that. It was a particularly emotional interview when the footage was put to him.
"It shocked him to the core, he made a prompt admission in interview and continued in that vein.
"He is wracked with remorse and regret."
Sentencing Judge Simon Medland QC told Smith: ''For no reason whatsoever you involved yourself in an argument that other people were having you raised your stick and held it like a baseball bat you struck her with it three times.
''This has caused her significant problems in terms of pain suffered, injuries and loss of confidence, what on earth was going through your mind I am at a loss to know as are you.''
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